Electric Everything/Another Realm/Spangled Now, Portable Utopia & Bliss Bombshell

I delivered my 3 paintings to the Upper Church, Summerhall, Edinburgh today. They will be hung tomorrow for the Syn Festival opening on the 22nd March at 6.30pm.

From the Syn Festival website -

Join us for the opening of Utopias exhibition at the Upper Church at Summerhall on Friday 22 March 2018 at 6.30pm. Eighteen contemporary artists who live and work in Scotland explore concepts of ‘utopia’. Taking as a starting point Thomas More’s groundbreaking book, first published in 1516, the artists present their own responses on utopian thought in the context of contemporary politics.
Invited artists: Alessandro Di Massimo, Rhona Taylor, Calum Thom and Olivia Turner.
Selected artists: Anna Berrino, Rachael Bibby, Andy Cumming, Michael Dawson, Sally Mairs, Nikkita Morgan, Callum Russell, StAm, Marissa Stoffer, Rhona Sword, Michael Kay Terence, Jamie Watt, Matthew Wilson and Ana Yarza.

To be continued . . .



Self Portrait 1961 Acrylic & Oilstick on Board | 40 x 40cm 22 February 2019

I did my first self-portrait last week. Well, a slight twist on the traditional idea of what a self-portrait should/may be like. I threw out the bathwater and left this baby image

When I did my self-portrait, I left all the pimples out because you always should. Pimples are a temporary condition and they don't have anything to do with what you really look like. Always omit the blemishes-they're not part of the good picture you want. – Andy Warhol

I left all my blemishes out too!

Sketches 1
Sketches 2
Oskar’s Catalogued Dreaming Acrylic & Oilstick on Plywood 100 x 100 cm 10 November 2017

I make really basic, crude line drawings and sketches that are often incorporated into paintings or find their way into works on paper.

The mark making is done quickly and often just begins with a line that has no particular place to go. As Paul Klee said: “A drawing is simply a line going for a walk.” And sometimes, there’s a basic idea and the image is done in a very raw and crude way with no detail, the details are sketchy!

I like the images to be coarse and unpolished, unrefined and angry! I suppose they are simple contour drawings that show the outlines, shapes and edges of a scene, but they omit fine detail, surface texture, colour and tone.

I have filled a lot of little sketchbooks in this way. My favourites, although not good art paper, are the passport size Muji notebooks but I also use the classic Moleskine (14 x 9cm) ones too. Also, although I often use Rotring art pens, I prefer the cheap but brilliant Muji 0.38 gel pen.

The painting Oskar’s Catalogued Dreaming started from a 3cm line drawing of Oskar my Maine Coon cat that was projected onto 100cm square plywood and filled in with acrylic and oilstick.

I have an idea for the baby image!